The Boston Celtics have officially qualified for the play-offs, despite their defeat on the floor of the Utah Jazz (118-117). In the East, the Philadelphia 76ers, after their success with the Indiana Pacers (121-141), took the opportunity to go second in the East.
A defeat that has something to smile about. This Saturday, as part of the regular season, the Boston Celtics lost on the floor of the Utah Jazz (118-117). However, this does not prevent the franchise from being officially qualified for the NBA play-offs. Insofar as, at the same time, the Miami Heat was beaten by the Chicago Bulls (113-99). This Celtics loss could certainly have been avoided, as the franchise was up to 19 points aheadduring the second quarter (34-53).
Under the leadership in particular of Jaylen Brown and his 25 points while at his side, Jayson Tatum was further behind, with 15 points scored in 39 minutes of play. Opposite, Talen Horton-Tucker once again responded present, with 19 points and 7 rebounds. His teammate Lauri Markkanen did better, with a double-double and 28 points and 10 rebounds.
The 76ers are almost there
Paradoxical situation in the East. This Saturday, the Philadelphia 76ers, deprived of the injured James Harden, won on the floor of the Indiana Pacers (121-141). A victory that allows the franchise to take second place from the Boston Celtics in the standings. However, this does not mean that the franchise is also qualified for the play-offs, as it is two games less. However, only one other small victory will offer him the holy grail.
This Saturday, the visitors recorded an eighth success in a row. Thanks in particular to their star Joel Embiid, who finished this meeting with a record of 31 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. 31 points is also the final balance of the evening for his partner Tyrese Maxey. Embiid has again passed the 30 point mark. For the ninth time in a row. Which allows him to break the record of his franchise.